two statuesque, scented, butterfly-attracting plants for fall awesomeness

It’s always bittersweet when the bugbane and the joe pye weed start flowering.  They are two of my favourite plants and I have to wait almost all summer for their beautiful flowers and sweet scents.  But their flowers mean summer is over.  Let’s hope for a long, warm fall!

Purple bugbane: IMG_0980

and Joe Pye Weed:

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And while we’re at it, the Bee Balm and Sedum Autumn Joy look pretty good in fall too:

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To get a wider view of the garden areas these plants are in, see today’s other post.

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The Orchard Garden after 1 year

new house exterior

This garden has been totally recreated since we moved in last September.  You can’t tell from the top picture but those are four old gnarly old lilacs, which had been pruned on one side because they were too close to the garage so they were lopsided and seemed to be dangerously leaning over the lawn.  This spring the lilac roots got dug out and I planted two little Evans Cherry trees instead – they are planted at an appropriate distance so you will always be able to walk on the sidewalk without hitting your head.  Having always lived in older houses, this is one of my pet peeves: trees and shrubs planted without accounting for their mature size!!!  What a waste.

Here’s the back half of the garden a little closer up:

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I especially wanted a garden in this area because it’s what I look at from the kitchen window.  Here’s the kitchen view:

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Ahhhhhh. Much better.

gillenia trifoliata (Bowman’s root)

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This plant was shared with me by a friend in Calgary.  I love it so much it was one of the plants I brought with me when I moved.  The delicate, airiness of the flowers is just. so. pretty. and as if that’s not enough, the red stems and seedheads will add interest for the rest of the year.  This is definitely on my favourites list!  And it even goes perfectly with the brick background, n’est-ce pas?

the Orchard garden planted

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After a busy gardening week-end, I’m too tired to write much but here’s a quick look at the orchard garden (north-west corner, above).  What’s here?  Left to right-ish: a purple bugbane, coral bells ‘Red Sea’, variegated Solomon’s seal, 3 deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’; Evans cherry tree, 5 sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, 3 spirea ‘Dakota Goldcharm’, haskap ‘Aurora Borealis’, green onions, and rhubarb.

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South-west corner, above: Veronica ‘Aztec Gold’, 3 sedum ‘Matrona’, coral bells, 3 deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, dwarf cedar ‘Hetz Midget’, Evans cherry tree, 2 bergenia, 2 Boman’s root, Lady’s Mantle.

To see how this garden has developed, click here and scroll down.

the orchard garden in progress

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Digging up grass is hard work so I am planting as I go.  It really doesn’t make sense to do it this way except that I like to see things in place as soon as possible so I can decide what else I want to plant here. And I’m impatient.  I always seem to buy stuff before I have the space ready to plant it in.  I’m not saying you should do what I do.  I don’t recommend it at all.

But this is my favourite part of gardening – the creating!  Here’s the view from a little further back (below).  My goal is to get the areas around the two cherry trees fully planted by the end of May.

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If you’d like to see progress on this garden over time, click here and scroll down.

playing with plants

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I’ve been planning this new garden all winter and can’t wait to get started!  I planned the major stuff back in December which included a circular design for the lawn and an Evans cherry tree to anchor this corner.  But otherwise, it is fun to play.  I picked up these three spiraea shrubs (‘Dakota Goldcharm’) for another spot in the garden, but suddenly realized they would give me more bang for my buck here, because their shot of colour will be seen from the kitchen window.  The dwarf cedar (‘Hetz Midget’) will add some winter colour.  The rest of the area will get filled in with perennials… I’m not sure what yet besides my Mom’s bee balm.  But first…. digging!